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Minnesota armed bank robbery suspect arrested in Texas after high-speed chase


A suspect accused of armed robbery at a bank southern Minnesota was arrested hundreds of miles away in Texas following a high-speed chase that spanned two states, according to reports.

Police say a man walked into the First National Bank in Hope, Minnesota, Friday morning, pointed a gun at the bank teller and demanded money, the Owatonna People's Press reports. The suspect fled in a black Dodge Charger with an undisclosed amount of cash, WCCO reports.

The Steele County Sheriff's office was able to identify the suspect as a 39 year old from Waseca and began tracking his cell phone, WQOW says.

Just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday, an Oklahoma state trooper attempted to pull over a vehicle with the same license plate number, but the suspect sped away into Texas, KSTP notes.

The Texas State Patrol took over the chase, which reached speeds of nearly 150 mph, and followed the suspect for approximately 40 miles before using stop sticks to halt the vehicle, nearly 800 miles from the bank, reports note.

Investigators found a large amount of money consistent with the money stolen from the Minnesota bank, reports say. The vehicle was impounded in Texas and is being processed by the FBI.

The suspect, who hasn't been charged, works at a local trucking company, WQOW reports. There was a chance his vehicle was going to be repossessed, the Star Tribune notes.

He's being held in the Cooke County Jail in Texas, WQOW reports.

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